Words for those in the midst of long-suffering: Ibn al-Jawzi

Imam ibn al-Jawzi wrote the following encouraging words for the one who finds themselves awaiting the response to their du’a:

إذا وقعت في محنة يصعب الخلاص منها ، فليس لك إلّا الدعاء واللجأ إلى الله بعد أن تقدم التوبة من الذنوب.

If a trials afflicts you from which it is difficult to be free, then there is nothing else for you to do except to supplicate and seek refuge with Allah after having preceded this with tawbah for your sins.

فإن الزلل يوجب العقوبة فإذا زال الزلل بالتوبة من الذنوب ارتفع السبب .

For verily sins require punishment, so if the sins disappear due to tawbah from the sins, then the reason (for the punishment) has been lifted.

فإذ تبت ودعوت ولم تر للإجابة أثراً فتفقد أمرك ، فربما كانت التوبة ما صحت فصححها ثم أدع ولا تمل من الدعاء

Then if you have repented and supplicate but you do not see any trace of response, then investigate your affair, for perhaps the tawbah was not sound, so correct it and then supplicate, and do not tire of supplication.

 فربما كانت المصلحة في تأخير الإجابة ، وربما لم تكن المصلحة في الإجابة فأنت تثاب وتجاب إلى منافعك . ومن منافعك ألا تعطى ما طلب بل تعوّض غيره

And perhaps there is benefit in delaying the response, or perhaps there is not benefit in answering [the supplication] so you will be rewarded and responded to with what benefits you. And it would be beneficial for you to not be given what you sought, but rather to be compensated with something else.

فإذا جاء إبليس فقال : كم تدعوه ولا تر إجابة ؟ فقل : أنا أتعبد بالدعاء ، وأنا موقن أن الجواب حاصل

So if Iblees comes to you and says, “How long now have you supplicated for this and you have not seen a response?” Then say, “I devotedly worship through making du’a, and I am certain that the response is incumbent.”

غير أنه ربما كان تأخيره لبعض المصالح على مناسب ولو لم يحصل حصل التعبد والذل

Otherwise, perhaps its delay is due to some benefit, and even if it doesn’t occur, devoted worship and humility still take place.

فإياك تسأل شيئاً إلا وتقرنه بسؤال الخير

And beware of asking for something without joining it with asking for the khair.

فرب مطلوب في الدنيا كان حصوله سببا للهلاك

For perhaps attaining the thing sought in this dunya would be a cause of destruction.

وإذا كنت قد أمرت بالمشاورة في أمور الدنيا ليبين لك في بعض الآراء ما يعجز رأيك وتر أن ما وقع لك لا يصلح فكيف لا تسأل الخير ربك وهو أعلم بالمصالح ؟ والإستخارة من حسن الشماورة

And if you you have been commanded with consultation concerning the affairs of this dunya in order to clarify some of the different views which you were unable to see and that you would see that what occurred to you was not beneficial, then how is it that you do not ask your Lord for the khair while He is the most knowledgeable of the beneficial matters?! So al-istikhaarah is from the best forms of consultation.

[Sayd al-Khatir pg 343-344]

For more gems from Ibn al-Jawzi, see also: Balancing between seeking knowledge and softening the heart: Ibn al-Jawzi

On the subject of al-Istikhaarah, see:

The supplication of istikhaarah – before or after the tasleem?: Ibn Taymiyah

A cause of man’s misery comes from his leaving off istikhaara

On the subject of patience, see: “Indeed to Allah we belong, and indeed to Him we will return”: Tafsir al-Sa’di

See also: When I am afflicted with a calamity, I praise Allah four times

See also: The Sabr of Choice and Sabr of Necessity: Imam al-Sa’di

See also: The supplication is granted so long as one does not show impatience: Ibn Hajr

See also: What is the wisdom of abrogating a command before it can be acted on?: Imam al-Shinqitee

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7 thoughts on “Words for those in the midst of long-suffering: Ibn al-Jawzi

  1. Re:Words for those in the Midst of Long-Suffering: Ibn al-Jawzi
    One of the best statements concerning bad situations and depression that I have ever read.
    May Allah reward you well.

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